Archinect - News 2018-12-14T00:28:45-05:00 OMA dazzles in Denver as it creates Dior's first retrospective in the United States Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-19T15:39:00-05:00 >2018-11-19T15:39:11-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver</a> Art Museum is featuring: Dior: From <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paris</a> to the World, an exhibition featuring the history and design evolution of one of the world's renowned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fashion</a> houses. Now open to the public, the museum is to showcase over 200 couture garments, artworks, artifacts, accessories, jewelry, photographs, and more. With the exhibition being the fashion house's first retrospective in the United States, the design team at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shohei Shigematsu</a> develop a visual timeline of Dior's iconic work that can be shared with its American audience.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exhibition interiors Image &copy; James Florio</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Exhibition interiors Image &copy; James Florio</figcaption></figure><p>OMA&rsquo;s exhibition was designed to create a visual narrative of Dior's ethos and its long history of creativity and materiality. Spatial organization was key for the overall interiority of the space. Much influence was taken from the natural forms and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">contemporary</a> design of the Hamilton Building. The <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">museum</a> pathways and display armature are complimentary of the building's ...</p> Zaha Hadid Gallery's New York City pop-up features a collection of amazing design collaborations Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-09T20:00:00-05:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The esteemed works of the late <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> and her practice traverse into all forms of conceptualized design. You name it, Zaha Hadid has probably made some sort of contribution. However, in exploring various forms of design from city plans, to furniture pieces, product design, and even jewelry, Dame Hadid's lust for creation has only deemed her and her team in spearheading the trajectory of design and architecture. Having established her product design practice in 2006, an extensive collection of projects have come through the doors of Zaha Hadid Designs.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Facade of 520 West 28th St Image &copy; ZHA</figcaption></figure>&ldquo;My product designs and architecture have always been connected. Some of our earliest projects were designs for products and interiors. These design pieces are very important to me and my team. They inspire our creativity by providing an opportunity to express our ideas through different scales and through different media; an essential part of our on-going design investigation." <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Avia Chandalie...</figcaption></figure> Zaha Hadid Architects' pays homage to Spanish-Mexican architect Félix Candela Katherine Guimapang 2018-11-02T14:25:00-04:00 >2018-11-05T13:35:18-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Showcasing their first exhibition in Latin America, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a> creates a dazzling structural form honoring architect and engineer <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">F&eacute;lix Candela</a>. The Spanish-Mexican architect made several major contributions in shaping and developing <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mexican architecture</a>. One of his most notable contributions was the creation of thin, shell like structures made out of reinforced concrete called <em>cascarones</em>. In true Zaha Hadid fashion, the team was inspired by these structures and developed KnitCandela.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Los Manantiales, 1958 by F&eacute;lix Candela Image &copy; Gallery 400</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>KnitCandela Image &copy; Juan Pablo Allegre</figcaption></figure><p>Constructed at the&nbsp;Museo Universitario Arte Contempor&aacute;neo (MUAC) in Mexico City, the process consisted of the introduction of new computational design methods and an innovative KnitCrete <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">fabrication</a>. Never failing to skimp on details, the structures overall form was inspired by the the colorful and fluid forms of traditional dresses of Mexico. The combination of soft and hard materials are marrie...</p> A Conversation with Sou Fujimoto on the "Futures of the Future" Paul Petrunia 2018-11-01T14:43:00-04:00 >2018-11-01T15:20:19-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>This week we&rsquo;re sharing my conversation with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Sou Fujimoto</a>, recorded immediately before his new show opened to the press at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Japan House</a> in Hollywood last Friday. The show, titled&nbsp;&ldquo;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FUTURES OF THE FUTURE</a>&rdquo;, brings together large scale renderings and photographs, along with over 100 models showcasing a selection of Fujimoto&rsquo;s distinctive work and process.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>"Futures of the Future" exhibition, photo (c) JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sou Fujimoto in the "Futures of the Future" exhibition, photo (c) JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles</figcaption></figure><p>Our conversation covers his upbringing in Hokkaido, his academic and personal studies in Tokyo, and how these experiences contributed to his highly unique approach to architecture; investigating primitive lifestyles, blurring boundaries and breaking down walls. If you&rsquo;re in the LA area, the exhibition will be remain until December 12th at Japan House, which is located on the 2nd floor of the bustling, tourist-filled <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Hollywood and Highland</a> complex.&nbsp;</p> <figure><figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>"Futures of the Future" exhibiti...</figcaption></figure></figure> Yale student-led exhibition “A Seat at the Table” wants to spark more nuanced discussion on gender disparity in architecture Justine Testado 2018-10-22T18:56:00-04:00 >2018-10-23T17:29:33-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>But instead of shying away from some of the challenges this type of work poses, the students decided to publish the results of the survey as-is, and highlight its flaws. They decided not to draw any particular conclusions from the data, and instead hope to use the exhibit as a conversation starter. &ldquo;A large part of the exhibit was trying to get a more nuanced idea of sexism. Not just sexual harassment, but other sorts of derailing that occurs within architecture schools.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Tadao Ando-designed Wrightwood 659 art venue to open in Chicago with exhibition on Ando and Le Corbusier Alexander Walter 2018-09-28T14:36:00-04:00 >2018-09-28T18:46:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood is getting an exciting new art place, and it's been designed by none other than <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando</a>. Wrightwood 659 is a major transformation of a historic building from the 1920s and will be dedicated to exhibitions on architecture and on socially engaged art.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&copy; Jeff Goldberg/Esto</figcaption></figure><p>The place has an impressive lineup of exhibitions and other events, including the inaugural show <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando and Le Corbusier: Masters of Architecture</a> </em>with more than 100 drawings, photographs, and models by Le Corbusier as well as 106 small models of his architectural works crafted by Tadao Ando's students. The show opens on October 12th and will run through December 15th. <br></p> <p>A day before the opening, there's also a chance to see Tadao Ando <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discuss his work</a> at the Art Institute of Chicago's annual Butler-Vanderlinden Lecture on Architecture, co-presented this year with Alphawood Foundation Chicago.</p> <p>On November 8th and 9th, Wrightwood 659 will host the accompanying symposium<em> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ando's Le Corb...</a></em></p> Hip-Hop Architecture with Sekou Cooke Paul Petrunia 2018-09-28T14:12:00-04:00 >2018-10-31T19:22:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>On this latest episode of Archinect Sessions we talk with Sekou Cooke, Syracuse-based <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architect</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">educator</a> and curator of the upcoming exhibition at the Center for Architecture, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture</a>", scheduled to open this Monday, October 1st in New York City.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Sekou Cooke</figcaption></figure><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 129 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect Sessions</a>, &ldquo;Hip Hop Architecture with Sekou Cooke&rdquo;.</p> <ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://pcast//" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>:&nbsp;subscribe&nbsp;with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p><br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p><br></p> 'Design for Good' exhibition opening this weekend at the Museum of Design Atlanta Hope Daley 2018-09-19T16:15:00-04:00 >2018-09-19T14:34:40-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) has announced their upcoming <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">exhibition</a>&nbsp;<em>Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone,&nbsp;</em>curated by&nbsp;John Cary. Opening on September 23, the museum will showcase projects featured in Cary's book <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Design for Good</a>.&nbsp;</em></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Women&rsquo;s Opportunity Center in Kasungu, Rwanda, by Sharon Davis Design and Women for Women International. Image: Elizabeth Felicella.</figcaption></figure><p>The exhibition&nbsp;highlights projects around the world that embody a sense of dignity and belonging. Emphasizing the power of design on every person's life, the show affirms <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">good design should be for everyone</a>, not just the elite who can afford it.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Women&rsquo;s Opportunity Center in Kasungu, Rwanda, by Sharon Davis Design and Women for Women International. Image: Elizabeth Felicella.</figcaption></figure><p>MODA will host a lecture by curator John Cary on September 27, along with a lecture on October 18 by Michael Murphy, Executive Director of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MASS Design Group</a>.<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>St. Jerome&rsquo;s Children&rsquo;s Centre in Murunyu, Nakuru, Kenya, by Orkidstudio. Image: Odyss...</figcaption></figure> New carpet collection by Zaha Hadid Design on display for London Design Festival Hope Daley 2018-09-19T13:35:00-04:00 >2018-09-21T15:46:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>A new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">carpet</a> collection by&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid</a> Design&nbsp;will be displayed in the studio's London gallery&nbsp;during this year's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London Design Festival</a>. Created&nbsp;for Royal Thai, the&nbsp;<em>RE/Form</em> carpet collection consists of 22 designs inspired by four prominent themes&nbsp;in the studio's work: striated lines, ribbonlike projections, pixelated landscapes, and organic cellular shapes.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RE/Form collection by Zaha Hadid Design, pixel design &copy; Zaha Hadid Architects</figcaption></figure><p>The designs introduce custom new colors for Royal Thai commercial carpets, with hues of turquoise, red and green in their color palettes.&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RE/Form collection by Zaha Hadid Design, cellular design &copy; Zaha Hadid Architects</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RE/Form collection by Zaha Hadid Design, cellular design &copy; Zaha Hadid Architects</figcaption></figure><p>Translated into Axminster-loomed and hand-tufted designs, each design represents reconfiguration and transformation&mdash;the theme itself a reflection of Royal Thai&rsquo;s recent reformation.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>RE/Form collection by Zaha Hadid Design, ribbon design &copy; Zaha Hadid Architec...</figcaption></figure> Currently at WUHO, “Now What?!” spotlights 50 years of overlooked history of activist architects Justine Testado 2018-09-05T19:20:00-04:00 >2018-09-05T16:20:36-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>In looking to the past at professionals in the design and architecture professions, they found that alliances, networks, groups and affiliations were the mechanisms through which architects could become the activists they yearned to be. &ldquo;[...] we want to show that architects are important allies to activists,&rdquo; Rafson says. &ldquo;Those alliances where architects are working as a critical part of the team is what we emphasize.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Los Angeles Times takes a closer look at ArchiteXX's&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Now What?! Advocacy, Activism and Alliances in American Architecture Since 1968&rdquo;</a> exhibition currently at the WUHO Gallery. It&nbsp;examines the little-known history of architects and designers who were &mdash; and still remain &mdash; at the forefront of the profession's participation in the larger civil rights, women's, and LGBTQ movements over the last 50 years.</p> With a new exhibition in London, Sou Fujimoto chats with Oliver Wainwright about his iconic works Justine Testado 2018-06-21T20:29:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T20:29:20-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Something of an outsider architect, Fujimoto has never worked for another practice, which perhaps explains his firmly original approach. &ldquo;I was scared of being rejected,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;And if I had gone to work for another architect, they might have overpowered me because I was so easily influenced.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>In this review of the new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Sou Fujimoto: Futures of the Future&rdquo;</a> exhibition opening tomorrow at the Japan House, London,&nbsp;The Guardian's Oliver Wainwright chats with the now-46-year-old Fujimoto about his career and work &mdash; like his long-time interest in testing the limits of privacy and exposure, his <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2013 Serpentine Pavilion</a> that brought him into the global spotlight, those <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">potato chips</a>, and more.</p> BIG's 'Humanhattan 2050' promotes resilient design for NYC waterfront at the Venice Architecture Biennale Alexander Walter 2018-06-20T14:40:00-04:00 >2018-06-21T10:04:51-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Lower Manhattan could be the first to test out an innovative system that is being proposed as a way to protect cities from rising sea levels and future storms. Called &ldquo;Humanhattan 2050,&rdquo; a visionary idea from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) that&rsquo;s on view in the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, the project not only proposes new infrastructure to safeguard the waterfront for the next hundred years, it will also make these spaces more accessible and enjoyable.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @BIGstertweets/Twitter.</figcaption></figure><p>Avid Archinect readers will remember the "Humanhattan 2050" scheme from its initial iteration, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG</a>'s 2014&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rebuild by Design competition</a>-winning proposal "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The BIG U</a>" in response to the most devastating storm ever to hit New York, Hurricane Sandy, and the need for resilient, disaster-prepared city planning.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image via @BIGstertweets/Twitter.</figcaption></figure><p>"The 'Humanhattan 2050' exhibit for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Venice Architecture Biennale</a> is a vision that expands upon BIG&rsquo;s winning idea by enlarging the boundaries of Lower Manhattan with a building development created on an extension of land it cleverly calls MOMA, which is short for MOre MAnhattan," writes Paul Laster for the <em>Observer</em>.</p> Morphosis reveals design for new Orange County Museum of Art in California Hope Daley 2018-06-04T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-06-09T00:15:52-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Morphosis</a> recently unveiled their design for the new Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) in in Costa Mesa, CA. The design features a 52,000-square-foot building, nearly doubling the OCMA's current exhibition space and expanding access to museum's permanent collection of modern and contemporary art.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>In the entrance lobby, light-filled atrium space is crossed by bridges to educational hall and mezzanine gallery spaces. Image: Morphosis Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>A grand outdoor public stair joins the building to Arts Plaza to the north, creating an inviting gathering space for pedestrians and visitors<br>to the museum and adjacent performing arts venues.<br></p> <figure><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a><figcaption>OCMA&rsquo;s ground floor and mezzanine hold open, flexible galleries for permanent collection installations and temporary exhibitions. Image: Morphosis Architects.</figcaption></figure><p>The main floor of the new museum building will be dedicated to reconfigurable, open exhibition space supported by the mezzanine, black-box, and jewel-box galleries which will accommodate temporary a...</p> Contemporary art project opens in ancient ruins of Herculaneum and Pompeii Alexander Walter 2018-05-21T18:10:00-04:00 >2018-05-21T18:13:35-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The House of the Beautiful Courtyard at Herculaneum and the House of the Cryptoporticus in Pompeii will each be the site of a new installation by artist Catrin Huber, as part of a Newcastle University project designed to create a new dialogue&nbsp;between contemporary art, Roman wall painting and archaeological remains.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Expanded Interiors at Herculaneum. Photo: Amedeo Benestante.</figcaption></figure><p>"By investigating two distinctive Roman houses, our project sets out an exchange of knowledge between old and new," the <em></em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Expanded Interiors</em> project website</a> explains. "We are exploring what Contemporary painting and site-specific fine-art practice can learn from the often incredibly sophisticated and complex works of the Roman wall painters. In turn we investigate how contemporary fine-art practice can provide new perspectives on the spatial configurations of ancient Roman homes and the artefacts that adorned them. In so doing we will bring Roman artefacts (their replicas) back to the sites, while exploring new forms for displaying archaeological artefacts at Roman archaeological sites."<br></p> <p><em>Expanded Interiors</em> runs from May 17 <strong>&ndash;</strong> Jan 15, 2019 at Herculaneum and Jul 14 <strong>&ndash;</strong> Jan 15 at Pompeii.</p> “No More Free Space?”: Singapore's 2018 Venice Biennale Pavilion explores designing welcoming public spaces in a dense cityscape Justine Testado 2018-05-07T15:56:00-04:00 >2018-05-11T13:00:58-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Despite limited physical space in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Singapore</a>'s dense urban landscape &mdash; with a population of 5.6 million squeezed into about 278 square-miles of land, the country's architects and urban planners are coming up with unique solutions to create delightful spaces that help enhance everyday life. So is there truly <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;No More Free Space?&rdquo;</a>; the Singapore Pavilion exhibition team for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a> explores this very question.</p><p>Marking Singapore's sixth showcase at the Biennale, the Pavilion highlights&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">12 Singapore-based projects</a>&nbsp;that draw inspiration from nature and &ldquo;turn constraints into possibilities&rdquo;.&nbsp;With these projects, the Singapore Pavilion team wants to share their country's design approaches with other cities that are dealing with similar challenges.&nbsp;<br></p><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;No More Free Space?&rdquo;, &copy; Singapore Pavilion, 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition. </figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Side elevation, &ldquo;No More Free Space?&rdquo;, &copy; Singapore Pavilion, 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition. </figcaption></figure><p>The c...</p> Young Talent Architecture Award student projects to be exhibited at 2018 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2018-05-02T15:54:00-04:00 >2018-05-02T15:54:29-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>As one of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">collateral events</a> to the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a>, the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Young Talent Architecture Award</a>&nbsp;exhibition will feature the graduation projects of the competition's four winners (who will be announced in June) and 12 finalists.&nbsp;Organized by the Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe with the support of Creative Europe, the YTAA distinguishes top-notch&nbsp;graduation projects from European architecture, urban planning and landscape schools.</p> <p>For its second edition, the competition reeled in 334 nominated projects from 451 students representing 118 schools in 32 European countries &mdash; with China and South Korea participating as guest countries.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;A Ruin Re-storied&rdquo; by Alice Hiley. Year of realization: 2016. Photographer: Alice Hiley, Courtesy of Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;Borrowed Scenery&rdquo; by Shenpei Ha. Year of realization: 2016. Courtesy of Fundaci&oacute; Mies van der Rohe.</figcaption></figure><p>Open during the Venice Biennale from May 26 through November 25, the exhibition will display images, drawings, and videos of the proje...</p> Syria Matters exhibition to document the destruction of country’s cultural heritage Alexander Walter 2018-04-25T13:48:00-04:00 >2018-04-25T13:48:45-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The destruction of Syria&rsquo;s heritage over the past eight years is the subject of a significant show due to open at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Doha later this year. The exhibition, entitled Syria Matters (opens 23 November), aims to explore the country&rsquo;s centuries-old &ldquo;extraordinary cultural heritage&rdquo; against the backdrop of the raging conflict that has seen the destruction of six Unesco world heritage sites under President Bashar al-Assad.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 10 captivating architectural installations for your Friday inspiration Archinect 2018-04-20T09:00:00-04:00 >2018-04-20T16:05:41-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>In case you haven't checked out <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Pinterest</a> boards in a while, we have compiled ten recently pinned images from outstanding projects on various Archinect <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Firm</a> and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">People</a> profiles.</p> <p>(<strong>Tip:</strong> use the handy <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FOLLOW feature</a> to easily keep up-to-date with all your favorite Archinect profiles!)</p> <p>Today's top images (in no particular order) are from the board <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Installations</em></a>.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Minima | Maxima</a> in Astana, Kazakhstan by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY</a>; Photo: NAARO<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lowline</a> in New York, NY by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">raad studio</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Art Center College of Design, Drawn Out / Light Mass</a> in Pasadena, CA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Darin Johnstone Architects</a>; Photo: Joshua White /<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Framed Conoids</a> in Houston, TX by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SMLA</a>; Photo: Paul Hester<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DIGFABMTY 1.0</a> in Monterrey, Mexico by undergrad students from <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tecnologico De Monterrey Campus Monterrey</a> in collaboration with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Arquidromo</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Swing Time</a> in Boston, MA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">H&ouml;weler + Yoon</a>; Photo: John Horner<br></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Currents</a> in Atlanta, GA by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SOFTlab</a></p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p></figure><p>&uarr; <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2525 Main</a> in Irvine, CA; Ceiling System Designer and Manuf...</p> Christo comes to London Alexander Walter 2018-04-11T15:57:00-04:00 >2018-04-11T16:12:12-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>And now he&rsquo;s going to float a 150-tonne sculpture on a lake on London. Is it an allegory of the west&rsquo;s oil dependency, an indictment of how we&rsquo;re polluting the planet, or both? Christo shakes his locks and smiles. &ldquo;I have no reason to justify myself as an artist. I cannot explain my art. Everything I do professionally is irrational and useless.&rdquo; This, he thinks, is exactly as it should be. &ldquo;I make things that have no function &ndash; except maybe to make pleasure.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christo</a> chats about his new <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mastaba sculpture</a> coming to London this summer: a giant trapezoidal prism of 7,506 stacked steel barrels to float on the Serpentine Lake. It will be his first large artwork in Britain.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Christo, The Mastaba (Project for London, Hyde Park, Serpentine Lake), Collage 2017 Pencil, wax crayon, enamel paint, color photograph by Wolfgang Volz, technical data and tape on brown board, 21.5 x 28 cm, Private collection, Switzerland. Photo: Andr&eacute; Grossmann &copy; 2017 Christo</figcaption></figure><p>Plans for a much bigger Mastaba with 410,000 barrels outside of Abu Dhabi <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">first appeared</a> several years ago but were never realized.</p> <p>The accompanying exhibition <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Barrels and The Mastaba (1958&ndash;2018)</a></em> will be on view from June 19 through September 9 at the nearby Serpentine Gallery.<br></p> First glimpse: The seven “Dimensions of Citizenship” installations of the U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Justine Testado 2018-03-13T19:09:00-04:00 >2018-03-13T19:09:24-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>Tackling the ever-complex question of what it means to be a citizen, the U.S. Pavilion exhibition&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Dimensions of Citizenship&rdquo;</a>&nbsp;for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a> will comprise of seven architectural installations that explore this loaded topic at seven different spatial scales. Today, the U.S. Pavilion team announced more details about the projects.</p> <p>Last August, U.S. Pavilion&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">curators</a>&nbsp;Niall Atkinson, Ann Lui, and Mimi Zeiger commissioned the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">seven architecture practices</a>,&nbsp;including Studio Gang, SCAPE, Keller Easterling, and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.&nbsp;Ranging from the citizen to the cosmos, each installation explores how citizenship &ldquo;may be defined, constructed, enacted, contested, or expressed in the built environment&rdquo; at these different scales, and poses questions about issues related to belonging, sovereignty, and ecology.</p> <p>Here's a preview of each installation:</p> <p><strong>Scale: Citizen / Amanda Williams + Andres L. Hernandez, in collaboration with Shani Crowe</strong>&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>&ldquo;Braid study&rdquo; (2017), Shani Crowe. From...</figcaption></figure> V&A's three-story chunk of demolished housing to be shown at Venice Architecture Biennale Hope Daley 2018-03-07T16:14:00-05:00 >2018-03-07T16:14:58-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>The V&amp;A will transport a recently demolished concrete section from Robin Hood Gardens in Poplar, east London, to the Venice Architecture Biennale. It will be delivered by barge to the biennale&rsquo;s Arsenale site, where it will be reassembled on an outdoors scaffold, allowing visitors to stand on an original &ldquo;street in the sky&rdquo; &ndash; the elevated deck that was optimistically meant to foster healthy interaction between neighbours.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The demolition of east <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a>'s Robin Hood Gardens has been ongoing since last year, which is why the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">V&amp;A moved to acquire a three-story section</a>&nbsp;of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">brutalist</a> icon. The museum's section will now be displayed in this year's Venice Architecture Biennale in order to revisit its original vision and what it has to teach us about social housing moving forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>50 years after its construction, this preserved section will be reassembled on an outdoors scaffold where visitors can experience the intended interaction with the building.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Robin Hood Gardens: A Ruin in Reverse</a> will be exhibited&nbsp;at the Venice Architecture Biennale from 26 May to 25 November.&nbsp;</p> More Venice Biennale 2018 “Freespace” exhibition details are revealed Justine Testado 2018-03-02T15:11:00-05:00 >2018-03-06T12:41:00-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>With the&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2018 Venice Biennale</a>&nbsp;only two months away, curators&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara</a>&nbsp;and Biennale president Paolo Baratta revealed the latest details about the exhibition during a press conference today. The 2018 theme <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Freespace&rdquo;</a> presents &ldquo;a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We see architecture as the translation of need in its widest sense into meaningful space. In the effort to translate Freespace into the many wonderful languages of the world, we hope that it prises open the &lsquo;gift&rsquo; which architectural invention has the potential to contribute with each project,&rdquo;&nbsp;Farrell and McNamara said.&nbsp;&ldquo;Translation allows us all to map and rename intellectual as well as actual territory. It is our hope that the word Freespace allows us to burrow into the aspirations, ambitions and generosity of architecture.&rdquo;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. Photo: Grafton Architects, courtesy Alice Cla...</figcaption></figure> Over a half million visitors attended the second Chicago Architecture Biennial Hope Daley 2018-01-17T14:06:00-05:00 >2018-01-18T13:39:15-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The recently concluded <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial</a> saw over 550,000 visitors. Artistic Directors Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, of the LA-based firm <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Johnston Marklee</a>, selected 140 architects and designers from 20 countries to participate. Among the vast number of attendees the biennial also boasts engagement of more than 10,000 students.&nbsp;</p> <p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced, "The second <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chicago</a> Architecture Biennial reinforced Chicago's reputation as the vanguard of architectural, art and design innovation on the national and international stage".&nbsp;<br></p> <p>Offering over 273 public programs, the event featured exhibitions by the&nbsp;Alphawood Foundation,&nbsp;Graham Foundation, Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The Biennial will return September 19, 2019 and run through January 5, 2020, again in line with EXPO CHICAGO.&nbsp;</p> Gingerbread City: Zaha Hadid Architects, Foster + Partners and others reveal their sweetest designs Alexander Walter 2017-12-19T17:30:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some of the world's biggest architecture firms have been competing for plots in this winter's tastiest property market -- the Gingerbread City. Recently opened at the Museum of Architecture in London, the miniature metropolis is brimming with contemporary -- and almost entirely edible -- buildings. Around 50 companies specializing in architecture, engineering and landscaping have baked and built structures for the project.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo: Luke Hayes.</figcaption></figure><p>If you're in London this week, make sure to get into the holiday spirit the architectural way and stop by the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Museum of Architecture</a>'s <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Gingerbread City</a></em> before it closes this Friday &mdash; and nothing but cookie crumbs will remain.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Competing gingerbread bridges (gingerbreadges?) by Periscope, Hopkins, and reForm Architects. Photo: Luke Hayes.</figcaption></figure><p>The roster of around 50 participating architecture, engineering, and landscaping firms includes some recognizable names like <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zaha Hadid Architects</a>,&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Foster + Partners</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Studio Egret West</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Pitman Tozer</a>, among others.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>An edible "mixed-used" building by Cooke Fawcett Architects. Photo: Luke Hayes.</figcaption></figure><p><em>All images courtesy of the Museum of Architecture.</em></p> Rem Koolhaas envisions the future of the 'countryside' in upcoming Guggenheim exhibition Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-12-01T13:23:00-05:00 >2018-01-30T06:16:04-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum</a> is teaming up with <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rem Koolhaas</a> and the research arm (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">AMO</a>) of his practice (<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a>) for an upcoming exhibition that will be on display come&nbsp;fall 2019. The project,&nbsp;<em>Countryside: Future of the World</em>, will explore radical changes in the countryside while positing speculations about its future and is an extension of research already underway at the think tank.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Koppert Cress, The Netherlands, 2011. Photo: Pieternel van Velden.</figcaption></figure><p>Curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Troy Conrad Therrien</a>&mdash;the museum's first curator for architecture and digital initiatives who also happens to be one of our&nbsp;<em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ed</a>&nbsp;</em>contributors&mdash;the exhibition will&nbsp;examine themes of artificial intelligence and automation, the effects of genetic experimentation, political radicalization, mass and micro migration, large-scale territorial management, human-animal ecosystems, subsidies and tax incentives, the impact of the digital on the physical world, and other developments that are altering landscapes across the globe, according t...</p> A glimpse of Ian Gillespie's “Fight for Beauty” pop-up exhibition in Vancouver Justine Testado 2017-10-30T17:40:00-04:00 >2017-12-06T14:52:06-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>The exhibition&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&ldquo;Fight for Beauty&rdquo;</a> is a physical manifestation of the book of the same name by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Westbank</a> founder Ian Gillespie, who Archinect previously interviewed <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a>. Currently displayed near Vancouver's <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fairmont Pacific Rim</a>, the pop-up exhibition &mdash; just like the book &mdash; celebrates Westbank's evolution into a culture company.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo credit: Ema Peter.</figcaption></figure><figure><p>Curated by Gillespie, the exhibition pays tribute to Westbank's many creative collaborations. Upon entering the magenta graffiti pavilion, visitors first encounter the poem Fight for Beauty written in neon. The self-guided exhibition features works like an expanded version of Omer Arbel's iconic sculptural glass forest &ldquo;16.480&rdquo;, a custom-made &ldquo;Butterfly Fazioli&rdquo; piano designed by the late architect Bing Thom,&nbsp;and architectural models like&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Kengo Kuma</a>'s Alberni, the Bjarke Ingels-designed Vancouver house and&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 Serpentine Pavilion</a>.<br></p><p><br></p><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo credit: Ema Peter</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Photo credit: Ema Peter.</figcaption></figure><p>Other pieces include&nbsp;vintage couture by Yves Saint Laurent a...</p> From concrete to composites, Designing Material Innovation exhibit at CCA addresses questions about our past, present, and possible futures Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-10-24T17:58:00-04:00 >2017-10-25T12:50:59-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p>From glass fiber reinforced concrete to upcycled waste foam, the building blocks of the future are being developed in the research labs of today and a&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current exhibit</a>&nbsp;at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">California College of Arts</a> in San Francisco&nbsp;is putting some of these new methods and techniques on display. Curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jonathan Massey</a>&mdash;the new Dean of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michigan's&nbsp;Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning</a>&mdash;and designed by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Clark Thenhaus</a> of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Endemic</a>,&nbsp;<em>Designing Material Innovation</em> features five full-scale prototypes that conjoin form and material in fresh ways.&nbsp;</p> <p>Located on the school's Back Lot, the five pieces "explore the functional and experiential dimensions of architecture generated at the intersection of formal and material research." All products of experimentation in and around North American <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">architecture schools</a>, the prototypes exemplify&nbsp;great technical capacities in concrete and composites. In showing advanced design and fabrication techniques, they demonstrate how "architectural research addresses...</p> Stefano Boeri envisions Vertical Forest Seeds on Mars in Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2017 Justine Testado 2017-10-19T14:58:00-04:00 >2017-10-19T15:00:07-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stefano Boeri</a>'s <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Vertical Forest</a> towers are slowly popping up around the world. In Shanghai, the concept is transported to the Red Planet in &ldquo;Vertical Forest Seeds on Mars&rdquo;. The project is part of the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Shanghai Urban Space and Art Season 2017 exhibition</a>&nbsp;(SUSAS), which Stefano Boeri co-curated with Li Xiangning (Dean of the Tongji University School of Architecture and Urban Planning) and Fang Zhenning (independent artist and international critic).</p> <p>Currently open at Shanghai's Minsheng Port, the three-month SUSAS exhibition showcases art, architecture, urban planning, and design projects that envision the future of today's cities.&nbsp;</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Stefano Boeri Architetti.</figcaption></figure><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Image credit: Stefano Boeri Architetti.</figcaption></figure><p>Developed by Stefano Boeri Architetti's China studio and Tongji University's Future City Lab as a response to Earth's rising sea levels, the project envisions a &ldquo;colony of Shanghai on the Red Planet&rdquo; in 2117. Habitable &ldquo;eco-systemic seeds&rdquo; would travel via an interplanetary space st...</p> The peculiar history of New Haven's 'amputated' Marcel Breuer building Alexander Walter 2017-10-09T14:09:00-04:00 >2017-10-09T14:21:32-04:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Fifteen years after IKEA demolished part of it for a parking lot, a Marcel Breuer-designed office building in New Haven has become a stage for art. [...] Now, Burr is building on those explorations in his current show, Body/Building. Spread out over the first floor of Breuer&rsquo;s gutted local icon, the show uses objects that weave together a story about himself, the site, and his city.</p></em><br /><br /><figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tom Burr / New Haven, Phase 1, 2017, installation view, Bortolami, New Haven</figcaption></figure><p>New Haven-native, and now New York-based, artist Tom Burr tells the story of one of the city's most iconic, and controversial, buildings in his current show <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Body/Building</a></em><em></em>, now on display inside the gutted belly of the 1960s brutalist Marcel Breuer-designed Long Wharf building.&nbsp;</p> <p>"I&rsquo;m interested in the fact that it&rsquo;s amputated," Burr revealed, hinting at the partial demolition that the current owner, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">IKEA</a>, saw necessary in 2003 to provide surface parking for its new store on the site.</p> <figure><p><a href=";w=1028" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><img src=";w=514"></a></p><figcaption>Tom Burr / New Haven, Phase 1, 2017, installation view, Bortolami, New Haven</figcaption></figure><p>The show can still be visited until November 11 and is free of charge but requires an <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">appointment</a>.</p> Louvre pulls "sexually explicit" architectural sculpture; faces censorship accusations Alexander Walter 2017-10-03T18:15:00-04:00 >2018-11-29T13:46:03-05:00 <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Officials at the Louvre have been accused of censorship after withdrawing a work from its Tuileries Gardens in Paris for being sexually explicit. The work by the Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, entitled the Domestikator, was due to go on show later this month as part of the Hors les Murs public art programme organised by representatives of the Fiac contemporary art fair (19-22 October).</p></em><br /><br /><p>The <em>Art Newspaper </em>explains: "[...] the erotic nature of the large-scale architectural structure, the outline of which depicts a couple having sex, prompted the Louvre&rsquo;s decision to bar the work from the gardens which are overseen by the museum."</p> <p>Louvre director Jean-Luc Martinez tried to defend the decision by pointing to online feedback the installation had received.<br></p>